On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

Director:

Robert Zemeckis

Writers:

Chris Van Allsburg (book), Robert Zemeckis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Hero Boy / Father / Conductor / Hobo / Scrooge / Santa Claus (voice)
Leslie Zemeckis ... Sister Sarah / Mother (voice)
Eddie Deezen ... Know-It-All (voice)
Nona Gaye ... Hero Girl (voice)
Peter Scolari ... Billy - Lonely Boy (voice)
Brendan King Brendan King ... Pastry Chef (voice)
Andy Pellick Andy Pellick ... Pastry Chef (voice)
Josh Eli Josh Eli ... Waiter (voice)
Mark Mendonca Mark Mendonca ... Waiter (voice)
Rolondas Hendricks Rolondas Hendricks ... Waiter (voice) (as Rolandas Hendricks)
Mark Goodman Mark Goodman ... Waiter (voice)
Jon Scott Jon Scott ... Waiter (voice)
Gregory Gast ... Waiter (voice)
Sean Scott Sean Scott ... Waiter (voice)
Gordon Hart ... Waiter (voice)
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Storyline

This is the story of a young hero boy on Christmas Eve who boards on a powerful magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus's home. What unfolds is an adventure which follows a doubting boy, who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole; during this ride, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery which shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Taglines:

Journey Beyond Your Imagination See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The year that the film is based on (1955) is the same as the first Back to the Future film when Marty goes back in time. (another Robert Zemeckis feature film) See more »

Goofs

Whilst the train is still reversing at and departing the North Pole, the conductor's announcement comes too early compared to the image. From what follows, clearly the announcement is in response to the train soon approaching 11344 Edbrooke rather than in response to its departure from the North Pole. It's a long journey after all. See more »

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[first lines]
Hero Boy: On Christmas Eve many years ago I laid quietly in my bed. I did not rustle the sheets, I breathed slowly and silently. I was listening for a sound I was afraid I'd never hear: the sound of Santa's sleigh bells.
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Crazy Credits

The production company credits are covered with snow and ice. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film's IMAX release presented the film cropped to the Univisium 2.00:1 aspect ratio. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Roman Engel: When Christmas Comes to Town (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
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Should become a holiday classic
3 January 2005 | by sak007See all my reviews

A simple story . . . beautifully told . . . magnificently visualized.

The IMAX experience was stunning.

I did not expect to enjoy the story as much as I did. Simple but quite heartwarming.

Although it started a bit slow, it continued to gain momentum (no train analogy intended) through its conclusion. I was not a great lover of the animation of the human characters, but the other animation, whether it be the train, the scenery, the reindeer, or the elves (are elves human?) was quite well done.

Perhaps the best review I can provide is that after I watched the Polar Express, I just felt happier.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience See more »

Filming Locations:

Arctic Ocean See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$165,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,323,463, 14 November 2004

Gross USA:

$187,935,490

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$314,215,454
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Technical Specs

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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